Photo and video from actress Anne Heche’s car accident August 5 in Los Angeles show the severity of the crash, which left her intubated and hospitalized for days. People reported August 12, 2022, the Heche had died.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” a representative told People in a statement on behalf of Heche’s family and friends.
“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact,” the statement continued.
The family’s representative told People that she is legally dead according to California law, but her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support because she is an organ donor. OneLegacy Foundation is looking for recipients who will be a matched.
The Post reported Heche is intubated and remained in critical condition on August 6, the day after the crash. Representatives said in a statement August 9, 2022 that she had slipped into a coma and was in “extreme critical condition.” She was driving a blue Mini Cooper on Friday morning when she slammed into a garage, backed up and then careened into another house, causing her car to explode.
Jane, also an actor, told the Daily Mail in a statement that he was praying for Heche. He said he was grateful that there were no additional injuries.
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Reports Say Heche Was Trapped in the Burning Car for Up to 30 Minutes Before She Was Freed; Photos Show the Car After the Blaze
Heche’s vehicle was towed from the Mar Vista home where it crashed and burst into flames.
Police told the news station the car went 30 feet into the home. The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue in Mar Vista.
“Here’s the now mangled vehicle owned by actress Anne Heche being towed away after speeding and crashing into a Mar Vista home and sparking a fire,” CBS2 reporter Rachel Kim tweeted on Friday evening, sharing a video showing the vehicle.
The Daily Mail reported that Heche was driving 90 mph at the time of the crash and that her car “exploded” on impact. The outlet reported that 59 firefighters responded to the scene and that it may have taken 30 minutes to free her.
“Aerial footage also showed her bursting through the straps in a white bag before writhing in pain on a stretcher as she was bundled into an ambulance and rushed to a local ICU,” the Daily Mail reported.
The Daily Mail reported that she may have been drunk, saying footage showed what appeared to be a vodka bottle in the car’s cupholder. Authorities have not said whether Heche was intoxicated.
It Took More Than an Hour to Extinguish the Blaze, LA Firefighters Said; a Video Shows Her on a Stretcher
The Los Angeles Fire Department told NBC Los Angeles that the fire was particularly difficult to extinguish. They did not release Heche’s name, saying only that the sole occupant was a female driver.
“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure and rescue one female adult found within the vehicle, who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition,” Brian Humphrey, a spokesperson for the fire department, told the news station.
Fox LA anchor Marla Tellez tweeted an aerial video showing first responders carrying Heche on a stretcher.
“.@Stu_Mundel was over this wild scene at the top of our noon newscast – a car that had crashed into an apartment complex in Mar Vista area our crew captured the moment the suspected driver, now identified by @TMZ as actress Anne Heche, suddenly arose from the stretcher,” Tellez wrote on Twitter.
Steve Huff, a crime writer, shared a still from the video.
“This is deeply sad,” he wrote on Twitter. “She’s been pretty open about her mental health challenges but as anyone who has had loved ones suffering from certain disorders knows, there are many people who never treat their illness appropriately for very long.”
Channel 4 News shared a photo of the car, which was badly burned after the fiery crash.
“Hoping actress Anne Heche pulls through after this horrific crash!” a fan wrote on Twitter, along with a praying hands emoji.
Twitter user Downtown LA Scanner tweeted footage from a Ring doorbell cam showing a blue Mini Cooper car speeding down the road.
“Video of actress Anne Heche speeding down a street in Mar Vista. She later crashed into a house and set it on fire,” LA Scanner wrote.
Heche’s Ex Called Her ‘One of the True Talents of Her Generation’
Jane praised his ex-girlfriend in a statement to the Daily Mail.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Anne, one of the true talents of her generation Thank God no one else was hurt,” Jane told the Daily Mail.
He said that he cared about her despite their breakup. The two had bought a house together, the Daily Mail reported.
“While Anne and I are no longer an item, today’s tragic news was devastating to me and to all who love her,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. “My heart goes out to Anne and her two sons. As of right now, Anne is stable and expected to pull through.”
The two co-starred in “Hung” from 2009 to 2011, playing a divorced couple, the Daily Mail reported
The two dated as recently as 2020, The New York Post reported. Heche also dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000.